ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A man who reported a woman never returned to shore with him after they snorkeled in Aruba is now being held as a suspect in her disappearance, officials said.
Gary Giordano, 50, was first considered a witness in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Md., but after an investigation, he was arrested in Aruba Friday, ABC News reported.
Aruba police said Giordano and Gardner traveled July 31 to Aruba, the same island where American Natalee Holloway disappeared six years ago and has yet to be found.
He told police he and Gardner went snorkeling about 6 p.m. Aug. 2 in rough currents and she did not return to shore. A search with ships, helicopters and divers turned up no sign of her.
“He was first interrogated as a witness and in that position, he was told he was free to leave,” said Taco H.W. Stein of the Aruba prosecutor’s office. “In evaluating his statements later on, we decided there were some things that were not correct and that changed our position towards him to seeing him as a suspect. At that point in time we decided that we wouldn’t want him to leave the island.”
Michael Lopez, Giordano’s attorney in Aruba, said no evidence justifies a murder charge.
“They suspect murder but there’s no proof, to my knowledge,” Lopez said. “I don’t see any proof. There’s no proof and no motive.”
Maryland court records show Giordano has a criminal record, including two protective orders sought by women who claim he was violent, ABC News said.